Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Homestead

8" x 10" oil on panel
$125.00 + $10.00 s/h
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This painting is from my plein-aire group's trip last month to the Happy Apple Farm in Penrose, Colorado (about 45 minutes south of Colorado Springs.) There are 3 houses on the farm: this one, the original homestead of the current owner's grandparents, one on the far side of the farm which looks like it was built in the 40's (it belongs to the owner's parents), and a brand new one where the current owner/grandson lives. Each house is so typical of the decade in which is was built. They all add charm to the farm. I can imagine a whole family living for decades in the homestead while they, like so many who moved west, worked so hard to just establish and build their farm.

For those of you who have read my past blogs, I've mentioned that our daughter attends DU (University of Denver). She graduates this weekend. It is pretty exciting for her, and for us. It is truly hard to believe how quickly our kids grow. She has her whole future ahead of her, and we all know how many different paths life takes. She is one of the lucky graduates, and has a job. She'll be moving to San Francisco. I'm excited to have such a beautiful city to visit! (and paint!)

11 comments:

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Lovely painting, very though provoking. And congratulations to your daughter (and you!). San Francisco is such a great city - good luck to her!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Really, really nice painting Pam! I'm almost picturing the family inside.
Congratulations on your daughter's graduation...coincidentally, my son is graduating, has a job and moving to San Francisco too...

Pam Holnback said...

Kelley, thanks. Let me know when Paco graduates!

Dana, thanks. What a coincidence! Let's set them up on a blind date!

Jala Pfaff said...

This is lovely.
Congrats to your daughter. Indeed, it'll be a great place for you to go paint! How nice.

L.Holm said...

Congratulations on your daughter's graduation!
Beautiful painting.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, What a great post, I love your painting and story about the farm. Congrats to your daughter and to Mom, and Dad! What a milestone! I am excited that you'll be in San Francisco. Hope that you can squeeze in a short visit with Brian and me while you are out here! We're happy to meet you! or for you to come to our house!

Christine's Arts said...

Very nice painting. Plein Air painting is so relaxing. Congratulations to you and your daughter also. My son is graduating from 8th grade! lol

Pam Holnback said...

Thanks Jala, Nancy, Liz & Christine, life is filled w/ so many great scenes to paint and milestones in life.

Karen said...

What a lovely focal point and sense of pure color here. Nice light.

Laurel Daniel said...

You really got that sense of the open plains and the sky is gorgeous.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I should have had kids so I could go visit them in College like all my friends do!
JUST KIDDING, but even Paco's going to College. Maybe I'll visit him ;)
This is a great painting!..... is what I came here to say.